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Sullivan Museum and History Center Exhibits

Touch the Sound at NU!

This special exhibition, on view from April 6 through August 30, 2011, explores NU sounds—in classrooms, on the parade ground, and in the lives of NU alums. With over ten departments participating via displays of the “sounds” they use to teach their subjects! The exhibit opening was held on Wednesday, April 6, with bag pipers joining in and the Museum staff leading an exercise on the sounds that cause our emotions to erupt! 

Join us to explore an ear model from the Department of Biology to three paintings from the art department demonstrating visual rhythm. The Engineering Department shares three displays including how they use music as the motivating backdrop for teaching students the proper use of machine shop tools and computer programming skills. Visitors are invited to play a “student flute,” strum a violin or a mandolin, and hear guitar compositions. WNUB, the NU radio station 88.3, shares clips and promos and sweepers from over the decades while the History Department presents music of the Civil Rights and how it impacted mass meetings.

The SMHC shares some of its special “sound” objects including the Estey Organ, the World War Field Phonograph, and the original carillon (c. 1934) without the bells which now resides in the Museum. Hands-on fun is also included in a “horrific sound” activity that is not to be missed—explore what horrible sounds—like fingernails on the chalkboard—concern most Americans!

For more information feel free to call the Sullivan Museum at 802-485-2183, 2379 or 2448. The Museum is free and open to the public from 9-4 pm Monday through Saturday.


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